Architecture Tour of Edinburgh New Town

Cobble Tales

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What You'll Get

The walk will start near Register House with an introduction of Edinburgh history that influenced the development of the New Town. As we approach the main axis of the area, the group will discover the principles behind the masterplan of the New Town, designed to chime with enlightenment ideas in a graphical form, and glorify the union between Scotland and England. 
Your guide will compare the villas by Robert Adam and William Chambers and surprise you with an unexpected ensemble in Thistle Court. 
To escape the hustle and bustle of the streets, we will enter the private Queen street gardens to admire the Georgian landscapes. 
Around the corner you will discover the allegedly oldest Masonic lodge in the world. 
Your guide will explain the typical elements of the New Town such as sunken basements, underground vaults, prolific chimneys, and fanlight windows. As we get up and close with the townhouses, various stone finishes will also be introduced.
Once out of the main boulevard, George street, the group will admire the magnificent palatial facades of Robert Adam's Charlotte Square and appreciate beautiful ironwork such as streetlights, railings and bootscrapers.
Having explored the gridiron network of the first New Town, the group will enter the Greek Revival crescents of the Moray Estate and learn the true reason behind blind windows in Georgian architecture. 
We will complete our itinerary in the most photographed lane in Edinburgh, Circus Mews, previously a service street used only to keep horses and coaches.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Local taxes
  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
  • Small-group tour

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point
Outside HM General Register House, Central Edinburgh

Departure Time
Tours start 10am and 2pm everyday subject to daylight and availability.

2 hours

Return Details
The tour ends outside St Steven's Church

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